Farmers are the ones who are responsible for putting foods on our plates, and buying locally means we are not only supporting them, but also helping the environment by saving on the food miles that it takes to bring imported fruits and vegetables into Canada in the off season.
That said, it’s helpful to know what fruits and vegetables are available and when, so you know what you can buy to support our farmers. There is an extensive list of produce available all-year-around, so you’ll never find a shortage of locally grown produce to purchase.
There are plenty of Ontario-grown fruits available throughout the year. Apples, for example, are available every month except July, and rhubarb is available January through June. The best months for grapes and nectarines are August and September, and blueberries and peaches from July through August.
Cherries and strawberries are a great summer treat, available in June and July; Pears are available from August to December and raspberries and watermelon from July through to September.
Greenhouse lettuce, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and cooking onions are available all-year around, peppers from March through November, and potatoes from January to March and July through December. Carrots are available each month except June, and the best months for corn and eggplant is July through October.
Everyone loves fresh summer tomatoes, and there many varieties. Because many local farmers grow them in greenhouses, they’re available from March through to November. Summer squash and zucchini are also summer favourites, and are available June through October and July through October.
Please support your local farmers. They work hard to bring us fresh, local produce, and supporting them means supporting our environment as well.